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THE BAYTOWiV SUN Wednesday, August 19. 1987 1-B SPORTS •Mtfy MA Lee College baseball coach Dick Smith may hove the toughest recuiting job around. To see why, read David Berkowits's column onpage2-B. Astros make it five in a row HOUSTON (AP) — Veteran right-hander Nolan Ryan knows how to beat the speedy National League-East-leading St. Louis Cardinals. Ryan knows that first of all you have to keep them off the bases. He managed to do that Tuesday night as he pitched a three- hitter for seven innings to pick up his first victory since June 12, a 4-0 victory over St. Louis. It was the fifth straight win for the streaking Astros. Ryan, the all-time leading strikeout pitcher in major league baseball with 4,467, struck out nine Cardinals while walking only two and not allowing a hit until a two-out single by catcher Tony Pena with two out's in the fifth inning. ••1 had a good, live fast ball," said Ryan, "But the key was getting all three of my pitches over the plate tonight and 1 knew J was going to have to keep them off the bases. That is the way to beat those guys." Vince Coleman. the National League's leading base stealer with 81. struck out three times against Ryan. 5-13. "A walk to Coleman is as good as a double or triple," said Ryan. "Nolan was outstanding and at age -40, he is still a power pitcher." said Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog. "When he can control all of his pitches like he did tonight, he can beat anybody." "Credit Nolan Ryan tonight. You aren't going to beat him with the stuff he has," said Cardinals third baseman Terry Pendleton. The Astros took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning on a leadoff double by second baseman Bill Doran and a towering homer over the right field wall by catcher Alan Ashby, his 12th of the year. Ashby also drove in an insurance run in the eighth inning as did shortstop Craig Reynolds in the seventh inning for the final margin. ST LOUIS HOUSTON Coleman 11 OSmilh ss Pndlui Jb Peters p Daulev p J Clark Ib McG*c cf Moms rf Oqtwnd a> TPena c Cox p Morton p RBook.r 3b ToUl» »b r h bl 1000 GYoung cf < 0 0 0 Hatcher 11 3010 Doran 2b 0000 Ashby c oooo Bass "rf 4000 GDavls Ib 4000 Walling 3b 4000 CRenlds ss 2010 Ryan p 3010 Cruz ph 2000 DSmilh p 0000 0000 3D 0 3 0 ToUll abrhM 4010 3 1 10 3120 3123 •i 0 0 0 4110 3000 3011 1000 1000 0000 V 4 1 4 000 000 OW> JM OW-« ll»— 4 StLouts HouBoo tiamr Winning KBI - Ashby E-JOar*. OH—SILouu J.' LOB- SOxwis 6. Houston S 2B- Dorin, Gt)avu 3P—CYoung HR-Ashby I'lJi SB-OSmi'.niM ' " IP H StLouii Cov L.ll-4 6 1 5 6 Honon t, o S-Ryan R ER BB SO Houston Impim -Home, Ki Sf-oood.CJusck, Third. T-; n A •-if. Tvu J o o i -j o o o I i Kir»! C. \VtUiam*. NOLAN RYAN of the Houston Astros shut out the St. Louis Cardinals on only three hits for seven Innings Tuesday night to earn his first victory since June 12. Dave Smith pitched the final two innings to earn his 20th save. The victory was the Astros' fifth in a row and moved them to within 1V4 games behind the N.L. West's front- running Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants. (APfUe photo) Business as usual for area teams By ALFRED VALDEZ At about this time of the football year, most teams have usually put in a lot of time practicing against each other and are ready for a change. That is the reason all UK? Sun-area football teams are ending this week with scrimmages against opposing teams. Other than preparing their respective teams for the upcoming scrimmages, coaches for the schools are reporting practices are going about as planned with no serious injuries or problems to report The (earns went out for the first time in pads last Friday "It's just the same old every day hump and grind." Anahuac Coach Hob Perry said. "We are right on schedule and there really isn't anything new to report." Anahuac will scrimmage Liberty al home on Friday at about 7 p.m. "We are working hard prepar- ing for that scrimmage." Perry said. The Panthers have sustained no serious injuries thus far in practice. "We have just gotten the regular nicks and bruises, but nothing serious." he said. Anahuac's opponent. Liberty also reports no serious injuries Coach Mike Crowe said the team is having good practices and are ready to go against another team. "1 feel real good about the the way the kids have been taking the practice." Crowe said. "We are going three times a day and haven't heard any complaints, and that's good," At Crosby. Coach Ronnie Davenport said he is trying to keep his Cougars from going too hard. "We have been having some good workouts," Davenport said. "Our kids are fairly aggressive, so we have been trying to keep them from going too hard. We are trying to convince them that Crosby is not our schedule this year." Davenport said the only serious injury has been'a broken arm suffered by a player on the junior varsity squad. He said the team has not been going as hard as he would normally like because the Cougars are lacking depth and he does not want a key player to suffer an injury in practice. "We got the normal aches and pains, bumps and bruises." Davenport said. The Cougars will go to Mont Belvieu to scrimmage Barbers Hill Friday, "We are going to turn them loose then." Davenport said. "They have to play hard, because if they hold back they end up getting hurt." Barbers Hill is coming along as expected, said Coach Larry Hope. "The attitude is still good." Hope said. "The kids are still working hard. The Eagles are trying to install a new offense and Hope said the -progress on that is going well. "Things are coming right along on the offense," he said. As far as injuries go. Hope said, other than the normal nicks and scratches, one varsity player was lost for a few days to a bruised shoulder. That player was expected return very soon, however. Channelview will scrimmage Magnolia at Channelview on Friday and Coach Jim Scible says the Falcons are ready for it. "The kids are making progress and are getting better." Scible said. "It is about typical for this time of the year." Scible said the last few practices have not gone as well as he would have liked but said much of that is due to the hot days and the monotony of going against (See PRACTICES, Page 3-B) Baseball cards hold many memories If you would go through my post banking account and check deposits made, you would find a S175 entry from a few years ago. Thai was the sum my baseball card collection brought when 1 decided to sell. When 1 sold my cards, it wasn't necessarily because I wanted to, But combining my need for money with the site of them sitting in paper bags gathering dust in my closet prompted me to seek a dealer and send them on their merry way. The money was eventually used for such items as food and rent, but sometimes 1 wish I had hung on to them. That feeling came again when 1 came across the most recent giveaway at the Astrodome. This one is called "Topps Baseball Cards of the Houston Astros" and reproduces all of the cards featuring players in Houston uniforms. A laundry detergent company sponsored the giveaway Sunday. Thumbing through the book sure brought back the memories, both of cards lost and players forgotten. In 1964 and 1965 I bought a few packs of cards, though I didn't really get serious about it until 5966. Looking at that year, I can recall owning 13 of those cards, including pitcher Bob Bruce who was in the first pack I purchased that year. The face that greeted me when I lore open that first pack in 1966 was Willie Mays. Not a bad way to get the card MIKE SIMMONS year started. Looking through the book of Houston cards began a kind of name association game in my head. There would be a face and. presto, there would be a memory to go with it. Like seeing the 1966 card of Joe Gaines. For one stretch that year, he was a great pinch'hit- ter. One of his pinch homers came when my parents were talking on the phone and I .was listening to the game on the radio. My father thought something terrible was happening at home because of my screaming. Or the 1966 card called "Astro Aces'' featuring Bob Aspromonte and Rusty Staub. When I sold my collection, I fished through and found this one. There was no way I was going to sell it since it had two of my all- time favorite Astros on it. When I got it in 1966, I thought I had struck gold. There's the 1968 card of a guy named Bruce Von Hoff. Who, you ask y is Bruce Von Hoff and why would anyone remember him? He holds a special place in my heart because he was the starting pitcher for the Astros in the first major-league game I saw. I don't recall the date, but Von Hoff started against the Dodgers 1 Claude Osteen in 1967. I remember checking the newspaper that morning, hoping I'd see Larry Dierker or somebody like that listed as the starter, and there was Bruce Von Hoff. The game lasted 15 innings, but poor Bruce departed much earlier than that. I seethe when 1 see Donn Clendenon's 1969 card. Longtime Astro fans will remember the team acquiring him during the off-season in a trade with Montreal for Staub, but Clendenon refused to report and wound up (See SOME, Page 3-B) S 0 Down On Hot New Quads! We've got hot deals on Suzuki QuadRunners. Get any new Quad, 50 to 500cc. for zero Money Down on approved Suzuki credit. That's SO, absolutely nothing down. And get cash back on selected '87s 'til* August"31. So come in today and get em while they're hot! Right on. SUZUKI. LT4WO 347 S. MAIN HIGHLANDS 42*-S591 452-1313 Scrimmage holds clues for season By MIKE SIMMONS The bus ride back from Beaumont Thursday will be a time for assessment for Gaylard Fenley. Ross S. Sterling will face West Brook in its first football scrimmage of the season at 7 p.m., and Fenley expects that action to provide some clues as to how the Rangers will stack up in 1987. "You have to play quality people if you want to be looked at as a quality football team," the head coach said. "Riding back on the bus Thursday night. I'm going to know to some extent if we can play with quality football teams." West Brook should certainly fall into the "quality team" category. The Bruins return 12 let- term en, including four offensive and three defensive starters, from their 9-3 team of a year ago. Preseason polls have tabbed them as favorites to capture the District 22-5A championship. "They're supposed to have a good quarterback (Joe Fontenot) and a good wide receiver (James Joseph)," Fenley said. "They're picked to have a good ballclub." Sterling will approach West Brook in a much different fashion than it would if it were playing the Bruins in a regular-season game. "We're not spending a lot of time concentrating on what they do," Fenley said. "We hope to handle what they throw at us, but we want to work on the things we plan to use this year. The advantage you have (as a coach) is you can stand behind them and call the plays that will work against their defense." On Monday, the two coaching staffs exchanged information on what offenses (See SCRIMMAGE, Page 3-B) Bartow leaves team INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gene Bartow is back home in Alabama, adding yet another strange chapter to his stint as Puerto Rico's basketball coach. Bartow said Tuesday that he resigned as coach for health reasons, while the press officer for the Puerto Rican delegation said it was a "firing." "I just don't feel good," Bartow said from Birmingham. "I've had a touch of the,flu4,to}d,, them that Sunday and I had told them that after the Brazil game and they told me just get through the week." Joaquin Martinez Roussert. the press officer, said Tuesday that assistant coach Armando Torres would assume the head coaching duties as the team prepared for Thursday's semifinal game with the United States. "Five or six times before he's wanted to resign," Jenaro Marchand, president of the Puerto Rican Basketball Federation, said of Bartow. Bartow. who coached both Memphis State and UCLA to Final Four appearances, coached the 1972 Puerto Rican Olympic team, as well as the national team on a number of occasions. According to sources familiar with the situation, there had been friction within the Puerto Rican basketball community since Bartow's appointment earlier this year. "I just haven't felt real good. We had a co-coach who is a good coach and we are in the final four, so we are not losing a thing at this point," he said. Puerto Rican coaches reportedly were disappointed that an American and not a h native Puerto Rican was hired to coach the Pan Am team. They claimed hiring Bartow was a public relations move because the Pan Am Games were being held in Indiana, the home state of Bobby Knight. The Indiana University coach was arrested in Puerto Rico during the 1979 games and charged with striking a policeman. fiuteen&j DEER FEEDERS Kits, Timers, Etc. 600 W.Tem Avc, Baytown 427-9321 427-8452 Cowboy Cut in Colors! 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